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New Studio Curriculum Fact Sheet

Advising Fact Sheet for New Studio Art Curriculum
Beginning Fall Semester 2013

Description: The Art and Art History Department has recently completed a major revision of the studio curriculum that impacts student advising for general distribution credits and for potential art majors beginning in Fall 2013. The following is a summary fact sheet of changes to aid in advising.  

Philosophy: The studio art program’s new vision is focused on increased rigor, collaboration between students and between students and art faculty, and greater interdisciplinary focus. This is across the board from the entry level studio courses up to and including the SCE project in senior year. Courses have been restructured to lessen media-focused classes and emphasize conceptual depth and fluidity between media.  

General Distribution and Introductory Gateway Courses: Any art or art history class can count towards general distribution requirements, but some courses have a pre-requisite or requires permission of the instructor. The following courses DO NOT have pre-reqs and are appropriate for any student, from freshman to senior for their general distribution requirements. These courses provide introductory exposure to the studio curriculum and are accessible for non-art majors while also being good gateway courses for students considering a major or minor in Art and Art History. All of these courses introduce students to foundational studio skills, contemporary art concepts, and more generally to problem-solving, research, and collaboration:

Art 251 Visual and Critical Thinking 
Art 261 Intermedia_D
Art 271 Intermedia_P
Art 281 Intermedia_S
Art 291 Intermedia_VNM

We recommend advisors direct students to read the course descriptions for each and decide which they are most interested in pursuing (see course descriptions below, or go to complete Art and Art History Catalog here). These courses will be offered on a regular rotation, with at least three of these introductory courses typically offered every semester.  

Intermedia Courses: the Intermedia-designated courses each begin from a drawing, painting, sculpture or video/new media perspective respectively. Each will introduce the basic skills, materials, concepts, and art historical precedents for that medium, while also making connections with other art media. Students are encouraged to explore alternative media and approaches as appropriate for the development of their projects and ideas.  

Art and Art History Majors and Minors:
Art and Art History Majors: All majors are required to take Art 200 and Art 251. It is recommended that they take both in their first year. Additionally, six additional Art or Art History courses are required, at least three of which must be 300 or 400 level art history courses.

Studio Art Concentration: Students who plan to major in Art and Art History with a concentration in Studio should be aware that many upper level studio courses have pre-reqs that include Art 251 plus two Intermedia courses of their choice.  Intended Studio majors are also required to take: 1. Contemporary Practices: Junior Seminar in Spring of Junior year (4 cr), 2. Studio Art Senior Seminar in Fall of their Senior Year (0 cr), and 3. SCE Studio Senior Capstone Experience in Spring of their Senior Year (4 cr).  Studio Majors are also strongly encouraged to take Art 320: Twentieth-Century Art by their sophomore year. 

Art History Concentration: Students who plan to major in Art and Art History with a concentration in Art History are also required to take 1. Junior Seminar: Methods of Art History in Spring of Junior year (4 cr), and 2. SCE Art History Senior Capstone Experience in Spring of their Senior Year (4 cr).  

Minors: Art and Art History minors are required to take Art 200, Art 251, and 3 additional classes at the 300 or 400 level in art and/or art history.

Any Questions? Please direct any questions on the new curriculum to Studio Art Faculty: 
Prof. Heather Harvey or Prof Benjamin Bellas


General Distribution and Introductory Gateway Courses Descriptions:  

Art 251 Visual & Critical Thinking This course is an introduction to a rigorous investigation of conceptual, technical, and critical skills common to diverse areas of creative production. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and designed to emphasize the development of studio fundamentals, through technical practice and conceptual thinking. Basic visual design principles are covered, while contemporary and historical examples are presented through lectures and applied to studio problems.

Art 261 Intermedia_D This course explores the theories and concepts of drawing from a contemporary perspective. The curriculum, while focusing on basic skills and concepts of drawing, is interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to drawing fundamentals, the course will place emphasis on connecting conceptual thinking to one’s broader creative practice. Contemporary and historical examples of artists working within such a creative practice are covered through lectures and screenings.

Art 271 Intermedia_P This course will focus on the fundamentals of painting in form, concept and technique. The curriculum introduces the basic skills and theories as they pertain to a contemporary painting practice, while exploring interdisciplinary applications of the medium. Basic materials and processes are covered in facilitating students to move from concept to completed work, so as to form an understanding as to how painting positions itself within the world. Relevant examples of artists and their works are be provided in the form of lectures, screenings, and readings.

Art 281 Intermedia_S This course introduces the methodologies and concerns consistent with the creation of sculptural works of art. Drawing upon the basic skills, processes, and concepts of working with three dimensional forms, the curriculum examines the expansiveness of sculpture’s inherently interdisciplinary definition. In addition to sculpture fundamentals the course engages the critical and theoretical concepts as they pertain to the relationships between meaning and making. Artists whose works exemplify historical and contemporary approaches are examined through lectures, screenings, and readings.

Art 291 Intermedia_VNM This course introduces students to an interdisciplinary grounding in the techniques, concepts, and empirical experiences they will need to engage video and new media technologies in the making of art. Students develop the necessary conceptual and technical grounding to engage the creation of imagery through digital means by studying various video and computer imaging strategies. Contemporary artists working in the mediums of video and new media are examined through lectures and screenings.